For the first time in the history of Nepal education, the Kathmandu University of Nepal has introduced a education course on public policy on July 03, 2018.
The master’s degree program, a joint initiative of KU and the Institute for Integrated Development Studies in Dhulikhel, will be incorporated in humanities, management and law departments, effective from 2019.
Speaking at the launch event, experts from various backgrounds expressed their opinions on the proposed program.
In his address, Dr Mohan Man Sainju, former Vice-chairman of Nepal Planning Commission (NPC), said the local resources should be used accordingly and courses of this kind engage youth in policy making.
Meanwhile, former Health Minister Gagan Thapa said there has been a need for interdisciplinary approach in social sciences and hoped that the program would fill the existing gaps and produce better policy makers to the nation.
The local governments are in dire need of manpower with knowledge of public policy making. Local bodies should encourage their employees to study public policy, says Gagan Thapa.
Lauding the initiative, the US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz also opined that the initiative would improve public policy dialogue in the country.
“Good public policy helps leaders to take better decisions,” she said, adding improving governance would is also an art that determines the country’s future.